TOUR INFORMATION

River and Rainforest

Take a half-day steam train journey deep into the wilderness, from Strahan to Lower Landing and Dubbil Barril.
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Duration
4
Hours
Price
from
Adult
$
110
$
179
-
Child
$
55
$
110
-
Family
$
245
$
-

The four-hour River and Rainforest tour takes you from the shores of Macquarie Harbour into the rainforest and mountains of Tasmania’s rugged west coast.

Soak up the stunning views of Macquarie Harbour as you travel along the foreshore from Regatta Point Station in Strahan. As you enter the rainforest, you’ll follow the course of the King River to Teepookana – once the fourth busiest port in Tasmania, and the place where construction of the railway first began.

The extraordinary engineering achievement of this railway will be evident as you cross historic bridges, including Iron Bridge, and see the remains of the 244-metre trestle bridge at Quarter Mile. You’ll visit some of the stations along the line, and have the chance to walk in the rainforest, and taste wild leatherwood honey, harvested from the wilderness.

During your journey, your guide will tell you the stories of the railway and the resilient people lived and worked along its length. From the men who laboured to build the line and keep the trains running, to the families and children that made a life in the forest, and the two visionary Irishmen whose fierce rivalry and undaunted ambition brought the railway to life.

Highlights

  • Enjoy views of Macquarie Harbour as you travel along the foreshore from Regatta Point Station.
  • Journey deep into western Tasmania’s cool temperate rainforest.
  • Travel alongside the King River to Teepookana, once the fourth busiest port in Tasmania.
  • Cross historic bridges, including Iron Bridge, and see the remains of the 244-metre trestle bridge at Quarter Mile.
  • Taste wild Tasmanian leatherwood honey, harvested from the forests at Lower Landing.
  • Watch the locomotive being turned at Dubbil Barril and take a short walk in the rainforest.

Departure

All River and Rainforest half-day tours depart from and return to Regatta Point Station, on the Esplanade at Strahan.

Choice of Carriage

Passengers in Wilderness Carriage enjoy a welcoming glass of sparkling wine on boarding and a Tasmanian Tasting Tower (or canapés and a light lunch on morning departures) plus complimentary hot beverage during your journey, along with access to the open balcony to get up close to the rain forest and take those magic images. Our comfortable standard Heritage Carriage offers a choice of drinks and snacks for purchase during your journey.
DURATION
4
hours
OPERATES
1 June – 16 September 2018
Monday, Wednesday and Friday (10am – 2pm)
17 September 2018 – 1 January 2019
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday (2.15pm – 6.15pm)
2 January – 20 April 2019
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday (9.00 am – 1.00 pm) *** Monday – Wednesday (2.15pm – 6.15pm)
21 April - 31 May 2019
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday (9.00am – 1.00pm)
PRICE
Heritage
Carriage
Wilderness
Carriage
Adults
$
110
-
$
179
-
Child
$
55
-
$
110
-
Family
$
245
-
$
-
*
Child 2 to 17yrs, infant under 2yrs free – no seat allocation. Family Fare up to 2 adults & 2 children. Disclaimer: On the rare occasions that our steam locomotives are not operable, heritage diesel locomotives will be used.
FACILITIES
Toilet (at each station),
Shops,
Cafe,
Restaurant,
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*
Refreshments are available at stations along the route. Toilet facilities are available at all stations throughout your journey. The longest travel time between stations is approximately 30 minutes. All station platforms and toilets are wheelchair accessible.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q
Do I need to book ahead?
A

Our tours do regularly fill up so advance bookings are strongly recommended.

Q
Is there always a steam engine on the tour?
A

Usually. On the rare occasions that our steam locomotives are not operable, heritage diesel locomotives will be used instead.

Q
Do tours run on Public Holidays?
A

The West Coast Wilderness Railway is closed on Christmas Day and the Queen’s Birthday public holiday, but operates on other holidays.

Q
Can you accommodate various dietary requirements?
A

Yes, we can cater for vegetarians, vegans and other requirements, but please let us know your needs when you book so we can look after you.

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